14/08/2014 12:53 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Heavily Pregnant Woman Thrown Off Bus In The Rain. Why?

Pregnant woman on floor by paint pots, looking at fabric samples

A bus company has apologised after a heavily pregnant woman was ordered off a bus in the rain - because she was carrying two tins of paint.

Jessica Birks, 20, said the bus driver would not let her travel on the number 51 service in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, because he said there was a risk the pain would leak.

Jessica, who is 38 weeks pregnant, said she was forced to return the paint to the store she bought it from so she could get home.

She told her local paper: "I asked him how I was supposed to get home and he said 'not my problem' and told me to get off.

"He said I shouldn't bother trying to get on another bus either, because he would ring the other drivers and tell them not to let me on. It was completely embarrassing."

Stagecoach, who run the service, have apologised to Ms Birks and said they had spoken to the driver.

A spokeswoman said: "We do allow paint to be carried in original and properly sealed containers of five litres or less.

"It would appear that on this occasion our driver was over-cautious in his approach and this customer should have been allowed to travel.

"We have contacted the customer directly regarding the incident and are very sorry for the inconvenience this caused. We have reminded the driver of the guidelines on this issue."